New York is really getting that underground version of the High Line

Move over, High Line. New York City authorities have approved the plans to transform an abandoned trolley tunnel into the world’s first underground park: The Lowline.

The subterranean park will be built on a former trolley turnaround point, which has been disused since 1948. It will feature sunken areas flooded with natural light and decorated with a botanical garden composed of mosses, ferns, and bromeliads.

A public space found deep beneath the ground might seem ambitious, but a prototype has already proven the concept works. Just two blocks away in a warehouse, Lowline co-founder and executive director Dan Barasch and his team were able to grow out-of-season plants (such as strawberries in March) under a solar canopy.

The project, though, still has many ways to go. It will need to raise $10 million, host site tours, and present schematics for further approval. The organisers will also have to reach out to the community, which has its share of critics who believe the Lowline will be a detriment to privacy and local businesses.

Alicia Glen, the deputy mayor for housing and economic development, is optimistic they’ll meet all these challenges. With over 70,000 visitors flocking to the prototype site since October 2015 – and with the plants still alive – she’s confident the Lowline will serve as inspiration for other urban projects in the future.

“We’re open for business for other crazy ideas,” she said.

Via City Lab

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Illustrations you wooden believe

American designer and printmaker, Luke O’Sullivan, has created a series of extraordinary miniature cities from illustrations and wood carvings. Luke describes his works as “the intersection of built environments and subterranean systems.”

Through the application of screen-printed drawings on wood, metal, and other flat surfaces he creates architecturally based sculptures. Luke says he draws inspiration from dystopian and science fiction films. The artworks combine recognizable architectural forms and impossible buildings to make “diorama-esque” works.

Check out a selection of the cities below or head over here for more of Luke’s work

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Illustrated travel numbers by María Hdez

If you’re planning an adventure around the world, you might want to follow these numbers. María Hdez, a Spanish illustrator and graphic designer, has created a series of illustrated numbers, each one of a different travel destination.

This series shows Hdez’ favorite travel destinations which she has already visited, as well as her design skills. This series will inspire your wanderlust and satisfy your craving for good design.

Scroll down for a selection of the numbers and check out María Hdez portfolio here

 

0 – NYC (Statue of liberty), New York
0 – NYC (Statue of liberty), New York

 

1 – La Habana (Morro lighthouse), Cuba
1 – La Habana (Morro lighthouse), Cuba

 

2 – Copenhagen (Little mermaid), Denmark
2 – Copenhagen (Little mermaid), Denmark

 

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3 – Prague (Astronomical clock), Czech Republic

 

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4 – San Francisco (Golden Gate), California.

 

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5 – Las Vegas (Elvis), Nevada

 

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6 – Venice (gondolier), Italy

 

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The New Bottom Line

Casey Gerald is a co-founder and the CEO of MBAs Across America, a national movement in the United States of America. Through MBAs Across America, MBAs and entrepreneurs work together to revitalize their country.

 

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In his CreativeMornings talk, Casey speaks about how MBAs across America came to be and why we should ‘give a damn’, even if there is no line item for it on a balance sheet.

 

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Take a look at CreativeMornings New York‘s page and watch Casey give the commencement speech at the 2014 Harvard Business School graduation.

 

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Connected Worlds

Connected Worlds, by interactive design studio Design I/O, is a gigantic installation that trades esoteric terminology for a sea of pixels. Installed at the New York Hall of Science, the room-sized exhibit revolves around a 48-foot digital waterfall that “pours” onto the floor. Kids can aim the resulting streams by damming around the space with logs. And ultimately, the water will flow to one of various environments that live on the walls—from deserts to jungle—where it will allow children to grow plant life and interact with animals. There’s something to be said for its sheer power of scale. Whereas most digital experiences span a four-inch screen, or at max a small living room of flailing around with the Wii, Connected Worlds is over 5,000 square feet of interactive projections.

“Normally our ideas are limited by the physical dimensions of the space we have to work with,” explains Partner Theodore Watson. “But the Great Hall is so big—80 ft tall and over 110 ft long—that we knew we could make something really wild and at the limit of what is possible in this field,”

“These interactions are not immediate though as the water takes time to travel across the floor, so it can be quite a puzzle for the children to get the water routing in a way that it can feed several of the environments on the wall,” Watson says. “When we were installing with just three of us we got really tired running around trying to get water to different parts of the installation, it actually works much better when there are 20-30 kids to manage the water.”

In this sense, the actual mechanics of game become a metaphor for our environment: It’s too big of a project for anyone to protect alone.

Exhibits at the Hall of Science.   Photo by David Handschuh
Exhibits at the Hall of Science. Photo by David Handschuh
Exhibits at the Hall of Science.   Photo by David Handschuh
Exhibits at the Hall of Science. Photo by David Handschuh
Exhibits at the Hall of Science.   Photo by David Handschuh
Exhibits at the Hall of Science. Photo by David Handschuh

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Connected Worlds from Design I/O on Vimeo.

 

“Environmental impact.” It’s one of those terms that you’ve heard so often that it’s grown more or less meaningless. Yet the cause and effect relationships between what we do, and how it affects our environment, are extremely important.

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The Concorde

This blog features design in the arty sense of the word more than anything. This post marks a small departure. The Concord is a design feat. Nobody can deny its pointy nose prowess. It is, in my opinion, a shame that the aircraft was retired to save costs. Indeed, the whole drive to manufacture super sonic aircraft came to an end with the demise of the Concord. These days, fleets are filled with either pregnant monsters or light fuel effieient incarnations of earlier planes in the case of Boeing. Here, then are some pictures that celebrate the only commercial rocket-driven metal bird ever to grace the sky.

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The Daily Pidgeon

Johannesburg is a city covered in pidgeons. New York seem to have the same problem. Animal a street culture, art blog from New York. In their words “We deliver the good, the bad, the weird, and the wonderful.” Check out all of them here.

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Type in New York City by Michael Surtees

I have only been to New York once in my life and would love to go back every year for the rest of my life… Michael Surtees is a great man to follow if you want to get a small piece of the New York life. Michael tries to explore people’s daily experiences and observations with design. He started an intersting company Gesture Theory which it seems is now sadly closed. You can also see his rambling at design notes. He runs a wonderful hashtag #walkingtoworktoday where he photographs the city of New York while walking to work (we South Africans only dream of that). He has a keen eye for detail and typography. You can follow him on twitter of instagram. Enjoy.

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2×4 rebrands the NYC Opera

New york has always had a strong design aesthetic. It is no surprise that 2×4 has created a beautifully simple new identity for the NYC Opera. I especially love that the simple identity grows and expands to include colourful type on the posters. The different scales of the type working wil the images make a simple unique and uniform look. Sydney might not be the only sexy opera house around.

Enjoy.

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